Re: [rumori] FW: Regarding the Changes (for artists)

From: Steev Hise (
Date: Fri Dec 13 2002 - 17:19:43 PST

on Fri, 13 Dec 2002 Paul Smith told me:

>where we agree. You say that bands should get over
>the idea of getting bandwith without paying for it and
>I disagree, in the case of By adding on a
>bandwith fee [essentially, that's what it is] to the
>"fees" [not an actual fee, I suppose, but close] that
>are in the form of sharing CD sales profits with
>, it is double dipping, which you did not

it's not "double dipping", it's just increasing the cost. there
was always a hidden cost, now they're just adding a non-hidden
cost. personally i'd rather pay for stuff openly and have no
further hidden strings and consequences. was basically
hoping to scam all their artists, just like the traditional music
industry always has, but they failed. so now they're moving into
being more like a service provider and less like a label. and i
think that's a good thing.

>Additionally, I think that it benefits the
>music-consuming public as a whole to have access to
>the full range of music available, and if this fee
>kills off some unpopular bands' sites, then that has
>hurt the music-consuming public. [I would suspect

okay. of course it would benefit everyone if everything were
free. but it isnt, and never has been, even if it looked sort of
like it was. so... get over it, that's all i'm saying.

>altruism's sake, either, by the way. If can
>keep the APPEARANCE of a free zone for all types of
>music, as their public perception was before, then
>they can continue to cultivate their percieved
>"anti-corporate record label" image, which I'm sure
>helps them from a PR standpoint, ultimately leading to
>more CD sales.

I really don't give a rat's ass about's image or PR.
They're just another company. fuck them. Do you really think they
sell more stuff because (or if) they're perceived as
anti-corporate? I doubt it, and i doubt that's even the common
perception anyway. That sort of act, in the long run, didn't work
for SST and it probably won't work for either. down with
all exploitative middlemen, i say!


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